WHERE TO GET WHAT
The biggest names in fashion are lined up on a grid of narrow understated streets in Milan: Via Montenapoleone, Via Andrea, Via Gesù, Via Borgospesso and Via della Spiga. The area, called the ‘Golden Triangle’, is a short walk down Via Manzoni from La Scala Opera House. On the way, you pass Armani’s Megastore at 31 Via Manzoni. Here is ‘everything Armani’, for women, men and home, plus an Armani bookshop, flower shop, electronic play centre, cafe and a sushi bar .
If you enjoy shopping, you’ll love every step of this walk. If you don’t enjoy shopping, but still want to buy something for yourself or as a gift, there’s a way to shorten the journey. Head for La Rinascente department store in Piazza Duomo. Recently renovated, it has in-store boutiques of small designers, two floors devoted to men’s fashions, everything for children and a Design Supermarket in the basement where ‘design’ is the common denominator – uniting everything from lighting fixtures to children’s toys .
If you don’t find the perfect souvenir of Milan in the basement, go up to the roof. La Rinascente’s food shop on the seventh floor is bursting with cooking staples that would make great gifts-oils, wines, chocolates, sweets. And a meal on the terrace of the rooftop restaurant -almost within touching distance of the spires of the Duomo– is an experience in itself. Monday-Thursday: 9::30- 21:00 ; Friday-Saturday: 9:30A – 22:00 Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00. But restaurants on the top floor stay open until midnight.
Milanese of slender means
– or just people who like a bargain- shop at designer discount shops. There’s even one in the Golden Triangle selling overstock from labels like Armani, Prada and Fendi. It’s DMagazine at 26 Via Montenapoleone, and it’s crowded with bargains and bargain hunters.Open Monday to Sunday, 9:30 -19:45 Metro Montenapoleone.
La Salvagente (‘the life saver’) has been a Milanese fixture since 1978. Three floors of designer clothes for men, women and children, a few blocks away from the Golden Triangle. (Via Fratelli Bronzetti, off Corso XXII Marzo, a 15- minute walk from Metro San Babila.) The best selection is in smaller sizes and prices hover around wholesale. Il Salvagente is closed Sunday and Monday morning . It is open 10.00-12:30 and 15:00-19:00 on Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesday and Saturday it is open straight through from 10:00 to 19:00.